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Marla Oddoye is a Emory University graduate who earned a BS in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and minored in English. While in pursuit of a healthcare career, she is a true fashionista who would describe her style as being feminine, simple, and sophisticated. She is a lover of all things beauty - from make up to nails - and art. Her passions don’t end there as she enjoys painting, volunteering, and has recently discovered a love for cooking low calorie, satisfying meals.

2012 Nail Trend: The Ombre Effect

From hair to apparel, the ombré effect is here to stay and the largest growing beauty industry – Nails – is in on the trend this season. The idea behind ombré is to create a gradual gradient of color. Whether you use a monochromatic color scheme, different shades of one hue, or use a contrast scale, a light color to a dark one (or vice versa), the choice is yours. The trend is really that simple and is a great and stylish way to play with your favorite nail colors all at once.

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There are two fun versions to “ombréfy” your nails. You can 1) paint each subsequent nail a darker color – the manicure gradient, or 2) feature the effect on each nail by painting a light to dark color (or dark to light) from the cuticle to the tip. We’ll call it the “root to tip” gradient.


When it comes to the manicure gradient method, go with three to five colors in the same hue or that contrast one another well. You can even buy ombré nail sets or create it yourself. Try the trend by painting your pinky finger and ring finger one color, your middle and index fingers a darker shade, and top off the look by painting your thumb nail the darkest color (or go from darkest to lightest). You can also paint each nail a different shade for a perfect manicure featuring a chic gradient.


For the root to tip technique, it’s best to stick to two or three colors. By painting the bottom portion of your nail the lightest (or darkest) color, paint your second (and third) color(s) near the tip. Use a sponge applicator or pad to create the stain graduation effect where the colors meet (video tutorial).

You can also use glitter (polishes) for a fun and flirty sparkling result. Finish with a high-gloss top coat to smooth and set the manicure.

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Which technique do you prefer? What’s your favorite color combo?

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